ISG announces Industry Week speakers and sponsors

Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has confirmed its keynote speakers and sponsors for its Industry Week ’22 powered by ISG event taking place in less than two months’ time.


Independent Suppliers Group (ISG) has confirmed the keynote speakers and sponsors for its Industry Week ’22 powered by ISG event taking place in less than two months’ time.

This year’s General Session will focus on the crucial aspect of understanding the future of work and the workplace: how and where people work, the changes in B2B consumer purchasing behaviour and the types of products and services now required in the workplace. While recent disruptions to the business environment have brought many challenges, they have also presented many opportunities, and the keynote speaker at the session – Phil Kirschner, Senior Expert at McKinsey – will break down what these opportunities are and how to make the most of them.

Kirschner will explain how to create both a physical and virtual workplace that will not only attract and retain top talent, but also foster a sense of community within an organisation. His talk will be aimed at inspiring listeners to expand their views on the different ways of working as well as encouraging employees to see the humanity in each other. He will also provide recommendations on how to rethink sales and marketing approaches to adapt to a work-from-anywhere society.

In addition, OPI’s very own Steve Hilleard will lead a series of conversations designed to give attendees an inside look into the workplace of the future and the trends, products and services that will determine the success of the independent dealer community. Featuring external and industry experts hand-picked for each topic of conversation, these ‘One-on-Ones with Steve’ will demonstrate how to navigate the challenges caused by COVID-19 as well as how to maximise the opportunities that have been created. The speakers and the topics they will address include:

  • Jon Adkins, SVP, ISSA: Facilities Supplies
  • Ric Andersen, VP & General Manager, The HON Company: Furniture
  • Philip Drapeau, SVP & General Manager, Keurig Dr. Pepper: Breakroom
  • Roxanne Bernstein, EVP & President North America, ACCO Brands: OP/Advances into Tech

The ISG General Session will also feature the North American Office Products Awards – hosted by OPI Director Janet Bell – celebrating the successes of 2022. ISG Chairman Jordan Kudler will make his annual Industry Week address, and there will be an ISG member panel discussing the future of work and the hybrid environment.

Additional aspects of Industry Week ’22 include Pinnacle/AOPD One-on-One meetings, the BSA Forum and Essendant’s General Session.

ISG further announced the official sponsors of the event. They are:

  • Premier Sponsor: The HON Company
  • Diamond Sponsor: ACCO Brands
  • Gold Sponsors: 3M, Avery, ECI Solutions, Energizer, Flash Furniture, Global, Newell Brands, Smead, TOPS
  • Silver Sponsor: IOPFDA
  • Bronze Sponsors: FireKing, Pentel of America, SSI, Safco

Industry Week ’22 is taking place in Las Vegas (NV) from 6-11 November.

Rosemont (IL), USA